David Bittorf

David Bittorf

Find your passion, and do that to the best of your ability. In the end everyone will benefit. David Bittorf , Adjunct Faculty - Media , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

Art has always been a part of my life.  I remember drawing as early as 5 years old.  I have always loved technology and art and when I was introduced to Photoshop in the early 90's it seemed like the perfect combination.  Soon afterwards Jurassic Park was released in theaters and I knew I wanted to create those types of graphics. Since that moment, I have never turned back.   

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran’s sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

This industry is constantly changing and as artists we need to be able to adapt.  I embrace change and help my students understand the core concepts so their skills will be able to evolve with future technology.   

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

I try to lead by example.  I share a lot of personal projects that I've have worked on in class. My hope is that it will help inspire students to push themselves and create great work.  One of my favorite personal pieces to share is my Human Anatomy Project that took me over two years to create and includes over 600 muscles and all major systems.  
What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

I think collaboration is key.  When students enter the industry they are going to need to be able to effectively collaborate with others to be successful.  If you try to do everything yourself you will be "a jack of all trades" and "master of none."  Find your passion, and do that to the best of your ability.  In the end, everyone will benefit.  

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the
most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

Make sure you are passionate about what you decide to do.  You can learn the programs and techniques but unless you are truly passionate about what you are doing your work will suffer.  If you are doing what you love, you will never have to "work" another day in your life.